Flooring is often the focal point of a room. It not only impacts the aesthetics of a space, but also the cleanliness. A beautiful floor is the perfect foundation upon which to create a lovely room.
Before you fall in love with a new kind of flooring, hire a contractor or figure out where your furniture will go while the floors are being installed, do your homework. Knowing what to expect can help cut down on anxiety as the project gets underway.
Find Out About Your Current Flooring
According to the Minnesota Department of Health, vinyl and asphalt floors may contain asbestos. As that flooring breaks, tears, or is otherwise damaged, asbetos is released into the air. OSHA reports that inhalation of asbestos can cause serious diseases of the lungs and damage to other organs, much of which does not appear until years after exposure.
If your current vinyl or asphalt-based floor was put in place prior to 1978, it is quite likely you have asbestos, reports The Inspectors Journal. That flooring is not considered dangerous if it has not been damaged in any way. However, if your old flooring must be removed, make sure to hire a contractor with extensive experience working with asbestos-based products. He will make sure that it is done in such a way as to protect your family and his crew. He will also know the safest way to dispose of the old materials.
Consider Resale Value
Realtor.com recommends going with a hard-surface floor for the best resale value. Even if you never plan on selling your home, there are advantages to hardwood and tile floors:
- They are easy to clean.
- Odors are wiped away rather than sink into fibers.
- They are permanent. Well-cared for solid floors can last the lifetime of a home.
- If you want a touch of something softer underfoot, you can choose a beautiful area rug that helps “anchor” the decor of a room.
Know What to Expect From the Installers
Once you’ve found a contractor whose work you like, make sure you’re on the same page. He will ask you to sign a contract that outlines the cost of the project and how you are expected to pay. His contract may even cover such issues as conflict resolution in the event you are unhappy with his work. Create your own contract for him to sign. Your contract should include issues that are important to you, like what time his crew will arrive each morning, whether they will perform a daily clearn up, and how many days a week they will work until the job is completed.
You should also find out how your contractor plans to dispose of trash and if his crew will be moving your furniture out of each room. Don’t worry if he expects you to take care of these two issues. Companies like NextDayDumpsters.com require no more effort than a phone call. When it comes to moving your furniture, local movers will frequently quote you an “in-house” price. The advantage of going with a reputable company is that they are bonded and licensed so you know that your belongings are in good hands.
Take Your Time
Well-chosen flooring will be with you for a very long time. Take your time as you decide which flooring is perfect for your space. Yes, it may slow the process down, but it will leave you more satisfied in the long run.
This is a guest post by Rebekah Saner. Rebekah is an aspiring interior designer who enjoys furnishing her rental properties with mid-century modern furniture.